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From: Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:16:05 +0100
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| @counter-style lower-greek {
|   type: alphabetic;
|   glyphs: … /* 'α' 'β' 'γ' 'δ' 'ε' 'ζ' 'η' 'θ' 'ι' 'κ' 'λ' 'μ'
|                'ν' 'ξ' 'ο' 'π' 'ρ' 'σ' 'τ' 'υ' 'φ' 'χ' 'ψ' 'ω' */
|  /* This style is only defined because CSS2.1 has it.
|     It doesn't appear to actually be used in Greek texts. */
| }
| …
| Issue: According to a native Greek speaker, the lower-greek and
| upper-greek styles aren't actually used. I've removed upper-greek
| for now, but kept lower-greek because CSS2.1 included the keyword.
| Do these have actual use-cases?

They may be uncommon in (contemporary) Greek, but ‘lower-greek’ is frequently used for numbering lower-level headings or in nested lists, e.g. in mathematics (at least in German[y]). I believe I’ve also seen cases of ‘upper-greek’; there is a LaTeX package at CTAN <http://www.ctan.org/pkg/greekctr> to enable both, so there probably is a desire to use uppercase Greek letters, too.

Nota bene: despite their names implying otherwise, languages and scripts are only loosely coupled, so even native speakers can be quite clueless sometimes.
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